8 December 2000

Have been hacking on pygtk recently, and a small amount
on glib HEAD and framebuffer gtk (which is looking really
promising). I did up the first cut at allowing arbitrary
GtkTreeModels to be defined in python code. It leaks badly,
and it will probably be near impossible to fix correctly

The glib patch was to add some convenience functions for
the GSignal code, as it is so difficult to use the existing
functions people are still creating GtkObjects because of
the gtksignal compatibility wrappers. Still waiting on
feedback from Tim about it

Yesterday night alex asked me to try
compiling pygtk with the framebuffer port of GTK, which he
is working on. After adding a single missing function to
the framebuffer gdk backend, pygtk compiled with no source
modifications, which was good. I was having trouble with
the “ms” serial mouse driver in GtkFB and my mouse. I put
together a patch to make finding the start of mouse packets
a little smarter, and to fix up the mouse button handling
for that driver. The level of functionality in GtkFB is
quite impressive.

Last Sunday, I went to the reconciliation walk in the
city, which went quite well. Lots of people turned up.
Also, on the way there I noticed a big banner on the old
Swan Brewery (which has been a sore point, because it was an
Aboriginal sacred site) saying “sorry”. I don’t know if
anything different will happen with the development at that
site though.

16 October 2000

Haven’t posted anything here in over a month. I just
finished my last exam today, which was good.

It was interesting hearing about the formation of the KDE
League, especially after Kurt Granroth’s original comments
after then announcement of the GNOME Foundation. I did an
giving the perspective of a GNOME hacker on the League.

The Python bindings for GTK 2.0 are coming along nicely.
I have wrappers for the new text and tree widgets mostly
written, and they are very nice to use. Combined with
python’s unicode support, python makes a very nice
environment for GTK programming.

15 October 2000

Wrote some code to convert arbitrary elliptic arcs to
bezier curves for the gnome-print driver in dia. This
should stop people sending bug reports in about that
problem. The output looks very nice, so no one should
notice that it isn’t real elliptic arcs. I was talking with
Chema about adding support for arcs in gnome-print itself,
possibly using my code as a fallback for drivers that don’t
support them.

13 October 2000

I went to see The Dish at the
cinema last night. It is a very good movie, and I recommend
watching it. Apparently the release date is next week, so
this was an advanced screening. They also had advanced
screenings in Perth for Chopper back when it was

People have started putting in their nominations for the
gnome-foundation board elections. We have enough candidates
for an election to be necessary. None of the Sun guys have
nominated yet. Maybe they will now that the OpenOffice
source code has been released.

3 October 2000

I handed in my dissertation today. The due date was Monday,
but I got a one day extension, which was really helpful as
it meant I could polish it a bit more. I feel much less
stressed now that is out of the way. Maybe back to a bit
more hacking now 🙂